Missing Elderly Woman Located After Extensive Multi-Agency Search

June 18, 2009

On June 17, 2009, at approximately 12:00 am, 85-year-old Betty Henderson was reported missing after failing to arrive at a friend's house for a card game. Ms. Henderson had her cell phone with her and, with the assistance of her phone company, we were able to locate the last cell site location, which was in the southern part of Pinal County. Due to the remote area of the cell tower, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was contacted for assistance.

At approximately 3:00 am, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the Mesa Police Department's Missing Persons Unit put a coordinated effort in place to locate Ms. Henderson. Pinal County Search and Rescue, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Department of Public Safety, Mesa Police Aviation, Mesa Police Major Felony Unit, U.S. Marshals Office, United States Air Force Civil Air Patrol and numerous behind-the-scene support personnel began working together to locate Ms. Henderson. She was found at approximately 10:00 pm last night still inside her vehicle in a desert area 19 miles from S.R. 79 between Florence and Oracle Junction.

Ms. Henderson was transported by ground ambulance for a slight case of exposure, but overall was in good condition. Without the collaborative effort of all personnel involved, namely Sgt. Brian Messing of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, who coordinated the ground search, the outcome of this case could have ended tragically.



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